Yesterday, actress Jamie Lee Curtis sent Twitter into a frenzy after she tweeted about the film franchise she’s most associated with: Halloween.
Her tweet read: “Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween. Release date 10/19/18,” attached to a picture of herself standing on a porch with Michael Myers looming in the doorway behind her.
The Tweet promises fans of the franchise more of what they love about the series: most of the films in the franchise are known for their tense nature as an insane, mute killer stalks and attempts to kill the people living in Haddonfield, which was once his neighborhood. As a six-year-old, Michael Myers murdered his sister on Halloween night. He was shipped off to an asylum, and when he invariably broke out, he returned home to finish the job and take care of his younger sister, Laurie Strode, Curtis’ character. Michael Myers never speaks and wears a totally impassive Halloween mask, so his motives are never clear, and much of the horror comes from the fact that his mask dehumanizes him completely, although the violence is, of course, effective at frightening the audience as well.
"Same porch. Same clothes. Same issues. 40 years later. Headed back to Haddonfield one last time for Halloween. Release date 10/19/18." pic.twitter.com/IvptiZctyw
— Jamie Lee Curtis (@jamieleecurtis) September 15, 2017
Michael Myers also seems to be in possession of superhuman strength and stamina; another marker of the series is that even when you think he must be dead, having been stabbed, shot, or set aflame, he will sit up and continue his relentless pursuit, or show up again in a sequel.
Although this is the first that anyone has heard about Curtis reprising her role, the “Director John Carpenter” Facebook page posted in February that David Gordon Green, director of Pineapple Express, and Danny McBride, a writer and actor last seen as Tennessee in Alien: Covenant, will be acting as screenwriters. Green will then direct, and Carpenter will act as executive producer. In the post, Carpenter even teases that he might be composing the new film’s score.
The post also mentions Jason Blum, of Blumhouse Productions, which has been incredibly successful with horror film franchises such as Paranormal Activity and Insidious. Blumhouse is co-producing the film and tweeted about Jamie Lee Curtis’ return to the series at the same time she did.
Another thing this promises for fans is some degree of confusion, as Laurie Strode does die in the original franchise. In fact, the original franchise follows two separate timelines, and Laurie Strode dies in both timelines. One timeline is the “4-6” timeline, which acknowledges the events of the first two and fourth through sixth Halloween movies. Laurie dies in an accident before the events of the fourth movie, leaving behind only her young daughter, Jamie. The familiar Halloween set up then plays out with Jamie’s babysitter having to fight off the vengeful Michael Myers, Jamie’s babysitter ultimately being far less lucky than Laurie or Michael.
The other film timeline is the “H20” timeline, named for Halloween: H20 released in 1998. It was released as a celebration of the twentieth anniversary of the franchise. H20 is meant to follow the events of Halloween II and ignores the events from films three through six. Jamie Lee Curtis returned as Laurie Strode for this film, which did well enough to warrant its own sequel. It was followed by Halloween: Resurrection in 2002, where Curtis returns, only for Laurie to finally meet her end.
Slashfilm says that the film will “essentially” follow Halloween II, creating yet another continuity timeline for the franchise. At this time, the upcoming film is thought to be unrelated to Rob Zombie’s 2007 Halloween prequel/remake and its 2009 sequel.